This paper plate bat craft is extra special because when you pull the string it actually flies! Well, the wings go up and down. The rest of it is up to you. It goes together simply and is the perfect Halloween craft for kids of any age. Little ones may need some help with the cutting and tying, but they will love making the plates turn black with paint or crayons and then gluing on the face.
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Fun Facts About Bats
Bats are truly fascinating animals. Here are a few of our favorite fun facts about bats for you to enjoy.
- Bats use something called echolocation, which are high-pitched sounds, to find their food even when it’s totally dark.
- The Mexican free-tailed bat may be the fastest animal on earth, with speeds recorded of up to 100 mph.
- Baby bats are called pups.
- The world’s largest bat is called the flying fox and has a wing-span of 6 feet.
- Bats are great pollinators and help spread seeds for nuts, figs and cacao, which chocolate is made from.
*For more interest facts about bats, check out this article from National Georgraphic Kids.
SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- 2 Paper plates (9-inch coated)
- Black paint
- Single hole punch
- Brads (aka metal fasteners)
- Construction paper
- White yarn
- Glue stick
- Googly eyes (or printable paper eyes)
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How to Make a Paper Plate Bat Craft
Step 1: Paint the Plates
- Lay out some newspaper on your crafting surface.
- Pinch a pompom with a clothespin to form a “paint brush”.
- Place 2 paper plates on the newspaper, bottom up and paint them black.
*If you really do not want to get the paint out, then you can use crayons or markers for this step instead.
Step 2: Cut the Wings for Your Easy Bat Craft
- Once the paint has dried, cut one of the plates in half.
- On the flat edge, cut in some scallop shapes which will be the bottom of your bat’s wings. If it helps, you can draw the pattern on the back of the wings and cut on the lines.
Step 3: Make a Face
- Now it’s time to make a face for your bat.
- This is completely up to you. Cut pieces out of construction paper and glue them in place. You can draw them first with a pencil.
- We added color around the googly eyes with yellow construction paper before putting them in place too.
Step 4: Prepare the Connection
- Get out your hole punch and place a hole on each side of your bat’s body where you made his face. Try to keep these right across from each other in about the center of the plate. It’s okay if it’s not exact.
- Now punch 2 holes, about an inch apart, on the end of each wing where they will connect to the body.
*Use the picture as a guide for where to place the holes.
Step 5: Add the Wings and Make the Bat Fly!
- Put a brad through one of the holes in the body of the bat, and then add a wing by putting the same brad through the second hole inward.
- Secure the brad in the back by separating the tongs and pressing them down. Don’t press too tightly so that the wing can move freely.
- Repeat this on the other side.
- Now place a piece of yarn through the inside hole on one wing and tie it to the other wing using the empty hole on that wing. The string should be straight across when the wings are in a slightly downward position.
- Tie the knots securely and snip away any excess.
- Last, cut a length of yarn about a foot long and tie one end to the very center of the other string. This is the pull string to make the bat’s wings go up and down.